No Pain, No Gain in the Search for this Lost Frog

The Baritú’s Marsupial Frog had not been observed in the wild since 1993. (Photo by Mauricio Akmentins) If you’re biologist Mauricio Akmentins, your first thought when you hear the call of a lovely little frog lost to science for the last 25 years is not “holy $#@%, I think I just rediscovered the long-lost Baritú’s [...]

Open nomination period for Alison Haskell Award for Excellence in Herpetofaunal Conservation

It's that time of year to honor a colleague who goes above and beyond to conserve amphibians and reptiles! Award Name: Alison Haskell Award for Excellence in Herpetofaunal Conservation Prize: Engraved, commemorative plaque and $1,000 Deadline: Friday, November 2, 2018 To Submit a Nomination: Request a Word version of the form from or download [...]

Call for Applications: Whitley Awards 2019

Funding, profile and training for outstanding conservation leaders!  The Whitley Fund for Nature (WFN) is a UK registered charity offering Whitley Awards to dynamic grassroots conservation leaders around the world. Whitley Awards are an international profile prize and form of project funding worth £40,000 GBP over one year. Application to the Whitley Awards 2019 is [...]

Trinity Favazza, Mayor of Amphibiville, Wins Presidential Environmental Youth Award

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that Trinity Favazza, a Michigan sixth grade student was one of ten students nationally to receive the 2018 President’s Environmental Youth Award (PEYA) for her work to protect local wetlands and raise awareness for amphibian conservation. This national award was presented to her at a ceremony in Washington DC [...]

New Endangered Species Refuge Designated in Ghana

On August 21st, the Ghanaian government approved the designation of 847 acres -- the size of Central Park -- as the new Onepone Endangered Species Refuge, safeguarding habitat for numerous threatened species. Rainforest Trust worked closely with its local partner Herp Conservation Ghana to establish this protected area in Ghana’s Togo-Volta Hills near the border [...]

Creating a SAFE (Saving Amphibians from Extinction) haven from chytrid

The Mountain Chicken Recovery Programme (MCRP) have recently begun the first phase of trials in the creation of an environmental SAFE haven from the deadly amphibian fungus Batrachochytrium dendroatidis, more commonly known as chytrid. The mountain chicken (Leptodactylus fallax), now Critically Endangered as a direct result of the fungus, is a giant frog species found [...]

National Geographic Society Species Recovery Grants: Amphibian Proposals Invited

The mandate of the IUCN Species Survival Commission (SSC) is to “stimulate, promote and support conservation actions for halting biodiversity decline, preventing species’ extinctions, and restoring and conserving intact habitats and ecosystems, both on the ground and in the water”. In partnership with the IUCN SSC, the goal of this request for funding is to [...]

Call for Proposals: Partnering with Rainforest Trust to Protect Key Biodiversity Areas Deadline: Draft proposals 1 st October 2018, final applications 1 st November 2018

Rainforest Trust, an Amphibian Survival Alliance Partner, works with local conservation organizations across the tropics to create new protected  areas. At the World Conservation Congress in 2016, Rainforest Trust launched the SAVES Challenge, our  commitment to direct $100 million toward creating new protected areas to save the world’s most threatened  species. Through the SAVES Challenge, [...]

Detroit Zoological Society Searching for New Mayor of Amphibiville

The Detroit Zoological Society (DZS), an Amphibian Survival Alliance Partner, is looking for a “toadly” new candidate to leap into office this November as Mayor of Amphibiville.  The 2-acre wetland village that is home to the Detroit Zoo’s National Amphibian Conservation Center is seeking a “newt” leader for a two-year term. Amphibiville’s outgoing mayor – [...]

Spectacular frog identified as new species

One of the world’s most spectacular frogs has been identified as a new species after 20 years of painstaking research at The University of Manchester. Amphibian conservationist Andrew Gray, Curator of Herpetology at Manchester Museum, has named the creature Sylvia’s Tree Frog, Cruziohyla sylviae , after his 3-year-old granddaughter. The large colourful tree frog has remained under [...]